September 6–8, 2017

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Green Building and Design

Vermont’s Addison County, home to rolling hills and farmland, is modeling green design at every level. Visit NRG Systems, a state of the art manufacturing and product development facility; the state’s first net-zero affordable housing development; a net-zero municipal building in Middlebury’s downtown; and businesses that have reduced their footprint and maximized efficiency and production.

Green Building and Design will be led by Steve Maier a former Vermont State Representative and Linda McGinnis of Energy Action Network.

NRG Systems

Tour NRG Systems’ state of the art facility in Hinesburg, Vermont where this innovative Vermont company designs and manufactures smart technologies for a sustainable planet. When NRG Systems’ headquarters was built in 2004, it was one of only five industrial facilities in the world to receive a LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Today, our 78,000-sq-ft building, home to three businesses and more than 125 employees, is a leading example of sustainable design in Vermont. On this tour, you will see a beautiful facility designed with its employees and the environment in mind. Set into a picturesque hillside in rural Hinesburg, the building features a solar hot water system, a wood pellet heating system, radiant floor cooling systems, and a state-of-the-art air recycling system. With the recent installation of a 54 KW fixed solar array, we are striving to become a net zero manufacturing facility.

Speaker: Anna Grady, NRG Systems

McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development

Tour Vermont’s first net-zero affordable housing development offering rural, low-income tenants zero-energy, single-family housing that also includes resilient solar energy storage systems.

Speaker: Peter Schneider, Efficiency Vermont

Bristol Co-Housing

Visit a planned community working to create a sustain a vibrant, multi-generational neighborhood in the heart of rural Bristol, Vermont. 

Speaker: Jean Terwilliger, Vermont Integrated Architecture 

Middlebury Net-Zero Town Offices

Tour Vermont’s first ever net-zero municipal office and recreation center in downtown Middlebury Vermont. Enjoy lunch at the Middlebury Town Office. 

Speaker: Paul Wyncoop, Bread Loaf Corporation; Kathleen Ramsay, Town of Middlebury

Addison County Community Transportation Center

ACTR is a local transportation agency that provides community transportation services that are safe, reliable, accessible and affordable for everyone. The Community Transportation Center, opened in 2013 features state of the art efficiency and lighting innovations and in February of 2017, the building was a recipient of Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best Award in recognition of an outstanding example of energy efficient commercial new construction. 

Speaker: Polly Wheeler and Jim Drummond, Black River Design

Stonecutter Spirits and Woodchuck Cider

Tour (and taste) two local companies on the forefront of Vermont’s local beverage and spirits scene. Stonecutter Spirits is crafting local whiskey and gin to bring back Middlebury’s long tradition of  and visit Woodchuck Cider’s cidery where handcrafted cider is made in a building boasting state of the art energy efficiency cider making equipment, efficiency lighting design, and a visitor center that resembles an old Vermont barn, but is insulated to maximize energy savings. 

Speaker: Sas Stewart, Stonecutter Spirits; Ben Calvi, Woodchuck Cider